Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

I’m pushing my chips into the center of the table and declaring that I’m all in with Occupy Wall Street!
by Charlie Leck

I’m not too sure what the Occupy Wall Street movement is all about, but there is something about it that I like. I hope you’ve been reading a bit about this crazy, unorchestrated protest movement.

Jesse Ventura, our former, nutty Governor showed up at one of the rallies here in Minnesota the other day. He said he’s against the growing influence of corporations in American politics and he “thinks” that’s what the movement is all about.

Am I really sympathetic to a movement in which Jesse Ventura has put some stock? Hmm!

It is a crazy movement, but I join Ventura in saying, “I love it.”

The protestors (some of them) have said they are opposed to “economic injustice.” Yup! Me too! Who, mind you, is in favor of economic injustice?

Give me a sign (a placard) and tell me where to line up! I’m even willing to bed down in a sleeping bag on cool Minnesota evenings. Can you imagine how my body will be aching and screaming at me when I wake up in the morning after a night of sleep on cold concrete under my under-cushioned sleeping bag?

As Eugene Robinson says in his column about Occupy Wall Street: “I love that there are no rules, just tendencies.”

Okay! I love it, too.

Are there any other 70+ year olds out there who want to show up at a rally and spend the evening with me in my sleeping bag? Wait! I think I said that wrong (incorrectly)! Damn it! You know what I mean.

This is the movement of the young. They need some old guys who have been there before – who have marched on the Federal Building and Federal Reserve Bank before! We didn’t know what we were doing then either! We just knew we had to do something. For god’s sake, the country is going to hell in a handbag. We’ve got to do something! Let’s march and demonstrate and sleep together in a snug, little sleeping bag.

Don’t think I’m trying to be negative! I’m not bashing these demonstrators! I am four-square behind them! I just wish I was young again so that I’d fit in better (into a sleeping bag, I mean).

Damn it! There are thousands of us old guys and gals who can remember being where you are, you lucky, young shits. Give it to ‘em and give it to ‘em good!

America has lost its way. They’ve forgotten what’s important. They think excruciating wealth is what’s important! Jesus, no!

I think I’ve figured out what these crazy protests are all about. I think they are marches against selfishness and greed. God, yes! That’s what these ravings and ragings are about. Selfishness and greed sucks and America is mired in it. How do we free ourselves before we all sucked into a black hole?

Line up with Occupy Wall Street! They don’t make a damned bit of sense, but they’re wonderful! I’m all in!


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